Review by Lee Bloom
The piano trio material included in this Japanese reissue, along with another session from late 1958 (see The Art of the Trio, aka "The 45 Sessions"), constitutes a body of work which was never released in LP format during Sonny Clark's tragically short life. Clark was an underrated master of the hard bop genre who had a very subtle, artful touch. On this date, he exhibits the influence of Ahmad Jamal and Red Garland (a lighter sound) and less of the Bud Powell-inspired, hard-driving bebop lines. This material was intended for jukebox release in 45 format. The arrangements are simple and concise; the tunes are all well-known standards. Sonny's conception is quite accessible -- relaxed tempos and blues-inflected improvisations. His chord voicings and harmonies are exquisite on "I Cover the Waterfront," "Somebody Loves Me," "Dancing in the Dark," and Cole Porter's "All of You." The recording in many ways presages the Three Sounds' approach to a tightly organized, commercially affable piano trio concept. This material is also included in Blue Note's 1998 domestic Sonny Clark release entitled Standards.
1 Can't We Be Friends
2 I Cover The Waterfront
3 Somebody Loves Me
4 Dancing In The Dark
5 Blues In The Night (Alternate Master)
6 Blues In The Night
7 All Of You
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Wes Landers
Piano – Sonny Clark
Engineer [Recording] – Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey on December 7, 1958.
Blue Note – TOCJ-1618
Release Date October 16, 1958
Recording Date November 16, 1958
Blue Note Records Catalog
Sonny Clark - Blues In The Night (Blue Note (J) GXF-3051)
Sonny Clark (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Wes Landers (drums)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 7, 1958tk.3 Can't We Be Friends
tk.4 I Cover The Waterfront
tk.8 Somebody Loves Me
tk.9 Blues In The Night
tk.10 Blues In The Night (alt. take)
tk.12 All Of You
tk.14 Dancing In The Dark
** also issued on Blue Note (J) GXK-8156.
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